Making sure your elderly loved ones are safe can be time-consuming and costly. Essence, a manufacturer of smart home products, has created a solution. They offer both smart home devices and monitoring services to ensure safety for seniors.
Essence offers both elderly monitoring services and smart security hardware through [email protected] Smart Alerting. Unlike a regular key fob, typically part of a larger security system, Essence’s Voice Panic Detector is a portable button that can be voice-activated. It can be worn both in and out of the house, and can connect directly with service providers. At home, the button connects to the security hub, and as soon as the user leave the house, the detector will connect through Bluetooth to the person’s cell phone. Their sensors, placed around the house to detect motion and entry, allow family members or monitoring companies to “define what kind of alerts they want to get,” according to Rafi Zauer, Essence’s Head of Marketing. Through artificial intelligence features, the sensors can, over time, learn the elderly person’s pattern of behavior.
“It can be as simple as maybe that they’re showing less movement and haven’t taken their meals. Our monitoring services will call and see if they’re ok,”
said Zauer. Their final product under [email protected] Smart Alerting is the EP Advanced Fall Detector, a wearable device that offers fall detection, a panic button, and a pedometer. The device has the “highest accuracy for real fall scenario detection industry-wide,” according to the Essence website. Although Essence does not sell directly to consumers, their U.S distributors include Medical Guardian and Get Safe.
Aside from using Essence’s hardware and software, there are a few other ways to stay safe while living alone that can be applied, like getting to know your neighbors, getting a dog, or getting a security camera. Check out our review of the best home security cameras.